COLORADO SPRINGS , Colo. ?C Former Arizona volleyball All-American Kim Glass has been selected to the U.S. Womenˇ?s National Volleyball Team roster for the FIVB World Cup held Nov. 2-16 in Japan.
The FIVB World Cup, held every four years in the preceding year to the Olympics, is the first of three Olympic qualification steps for Beijing 2008. The top three teams at the World Cup qualify for the 2008 Olympics. Teams not making the World Cup medal stand will have two other opportunities to qualify for the Olympics with continental qualification tournaments in December 2007 and the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in May 2008 at Japan.
Team USA departed the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs Oct. 26 for Japan and the World Cup, which is a 12-team round robin event staged in four rounds in various Japanese cities. The World Cup field includes the five continental champions, the four best Continental vice-champions based on the 2007 FIVB World Ranking as of Jan. 15, 2007, host country Japan and the two wild cards as chosen by the FIVB and Japan Volleyball Association. The U.S. Womenˇ?s National Volleyball Team earned its spot into the FIVB World Cup as the NORCECA Continental Championship silver medalist.
Glass joined the U.S. Womenˇ?s National Team this summer and had a breakout performance in her first international tournament against other national teams. At the FIVB World Grand Prix held in August 2007, she averaged 3.39 points per set while racking up 94 kills (2.61 per set), 14 blocks (0.39 per set), 14 aces (0.39 per set) and 35 digs (0.97 per set). Glass finished the preliminary round (nine matches) with the 10th best scoring average of all competitors.
?Glass, a three-time All-American, finished her career at Arizona (2002-05) as the schoolˇ?s all-time leader in kills with 2,151.? She was a four-time All-Pac-10 First Team selection, and is the Arizona career leader in 11 different statistical categories.